New York (Jun. 25)
A two-point “peace plan” aimed at bringing about a reconciliation between Dr. Stephen S. Wise and Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, and thus securing unity in the American Zionist movement, was adopted today by the national executive committee of the Zionist Organization of America. The plan, submitted by the Peace Committee of the ZOA, recommends:
1. That the American Zionist Emergency Council plemun be headed by Dr. Wise and Dr. Silver as joint chairmen.
2. That the executive committee of the Council shall be headed by Dr. Silver as chairman. It will have Hayim Greenberg and Herman Shulman as vico-chairmen and may elect additional officers, having in mind the representation of all the constituent organizations.
The formula also includes a proposal for the establishment of a small consultative or steering committee, in the nature of a sub-committee of the executive committee, which is to meet in the intervals between meetings of the executive committee. This smaller committee, it was stated by a number of the speakers, would facilitate the effective administration of the work of the Council. It also leaves the question of the enlargement of or adjustment in the composition of the Council to the executive committee as a subject for further discussion.
Dr. Israel Goldstrin, urging, adoption of the peace committee’s recommendations, underscored the urgent need of “restoring unity in the Zionist ranks in the present critical juncture.” Welcoming on behalf of the Silver group the recommendations of the Peace Committee, Emanuel Neumann asserted that the plan of the Peace Committee represents the first real basis for unity and a move in the proper direction, although he expressed reservations regarding some of the important details.
The national executive of the Z.O.A. at its meeting named the following Z.O.A. representatives to attend the World Zionist Conference in Lonuon: Dr. Goldstein, Dr. Silver and Judgo Louis E. Levinthal. In addition, the meeting welcomed the announcement that Dr. Goldstein and Daniel Frisch, chairman of the Administrative Council, would visit several liberated European countries this summer to bring a message of fellowship and encouragement on behalf of American Zionists.